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Stephen C. Foster State Park

 
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» Boating Notice:
 Boating activities may be restricted during low water levels.

» Visitor Notices:
 The park is located 18 miles from Fargo and 50 miles from a major grocery store.
 Visitors should bring all supplies with them and have plenty of gasoline in their vehicle.
Cell phone service may be unreliable.
 Late arrivals are not allowed due to NWR regulations.

This remote park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp—one of Georgia's seven natural wonders. Spanish moss-laced trees reflect off the black swamp waters, while cypress knees rise upward from the glass-like surface. Here, paddlers and photographers will enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers and numerous other creatures make their homes in the 402,000-acre refuge. Stargazers will appreciate the particularly dark sky. 
 
Same-day reservations are recommended for guided pontoon boat tours of the swamp. Sunset tours may be available. More adventurous visitors may wish to rent canoes, kayaks or jon boats for further exploration of the swamp, including a trip to historic Billy’s Island. Fishing in the lake is excellent, particularly for warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and bowfin. Boating is dependent upon water levels.  

Perhaps the most famous inhabitant of the Okefenokee Swamp is the American Alligator. Officials estimate that 12,000 of the country’s largest reptile live within the 402,000-acre refuge. To safely view these creatures, visitors should admire them from a distance and keep hands and feet inside boats. Pets are not allowed in boats, even privately owned vessels.  

Because Stephen C. Foster State Park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates lock at closing and a $5 refuge fee is charged.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 30.8269500 | W -082.3621000

Located 18 miles northeast of Fargo at the end of Highway 177. Note that GPS directions are often not accurate; consult a highway map.


Address
17515 Highway 177
Fargo, GA 31631
Clinch County
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Phone
912-637-5274

Days Gone By: Living History
Fridays 5 PM - 5:30 PM – Apr 29, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Step back in time for an exciting program about early swamp history. This program will be presented by a ranger in 1830s period settler clothing. The program will be concluded by the firing of a double barreled muzzle loading shotgun. Bring your questions and experience history with a bang.  $5 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sunset Boat Tour
Friday, Apr 29, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 27, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Watch the sunset on the beautiful Billy's Lake. Enjoy all the wildlife that the Okefenokee has to offer from alligators to the magnificent birds as they roost for the night.  $15 - $20 plus $5 parking. 913-637-5274.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Coastal Georgia Kayak Family Camp
Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 until Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 8 AM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Join this kayaking adventure that includes freshwater swamp and saltmarsh, plus four nights of camping. Join park rangers to explore Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp, Crooked River State Park, Sapelo Island, and the Reynolds Mansion. Register in advance.  $649 per adult $549 per child (12 and under) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Boardwalk Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Celebrate National Trails Day with a Ranger led hike on our Trembling Earth Boardwalk trail. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Trail Clean up Project - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 12 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Volunteers needed for a National Trails Day Clean up project! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Get Outdoors Day Billy's Island Hike
Monday, Jun 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Get out, Get dirty, Get fit, on our Get Outdoors Day tour to Billy's Island in the Okefenokee Swamp.  $20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Save our Parks and Make Them Beautiful! - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 10 AM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
We will have a park service project for You're State Parks Day. Then we will be discussing why State Parks are so important. Come be a part of improving our park! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Contacts
John and Karen Stone
229-249-9283 

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